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Chocolate Shortbread

26.04 2016 Chocolate Shortbread

Ingredients 275g butter 110g caster sugar 350g plain flour 75g ground rice 1/2 tsp baking powder 100g dark chocolate, melted (optional) Method Preheat the oven to 150C. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix in the flour, ground rice and baking powder until there are no dry spots. Push into a greased and lined baking tray and bake for an hour, until it’s lightly golden. Drizzle over some melted chocolate and cool on a wire tray. Slice into squares or triangles and serve.

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26.04 2016 Macarooni

These little almond biscuits are a variation on Italian style macaroons. Ingredients 2 large egg whites Pinch of salt 200g caster sugar Zest of 1 lemon half tsp almond vanilla extract 1 tsp almond essence 300g ready-ground almonds Icing sugar for dusting Method Whisk the egg whites and salt until they are stiff and dry. Gradually whisk in the sugar until you reach a marshmallowy consistency. Add the lemon zest, vanilla extract and almond essence, along with the ground almonds and mix to a paste. Shape into about...

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Roast Butternut Squash and Pancetta Risotto

06.03 2016 Roast Butternut Squash and Pancetta Risotto

Normally, we are not fans of Squash in Risotto as it tends to make the dish too sweet. However, necessity is the mother of invention and when Francis was recently catering for a large group, dinner for the staff was made last – and out of the remaining ingredients. So, we had the Risotto ingredients to hand, the Pancetta from the Meat-eaters option and some Roast Squash from the Vegetarian option. Together they produced something really...

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St. Valentine’s Stuffed Beef Heart

14.02 2016 St. Valentine’s Stuffed Beef Heart

Are we alone in thinking that Beef Heart is a good centrepiece to a Valentine’s Day meal? Today, we slow roasted a beef heart in honour of the bold Valentine as an alternative to a Hallmark-inspired frenzy of hearts and flowers. Forget the tales of ‘tough meat’, this recipe produces a melt in the mouth effect. The heart does have a strong (almost gamey) flavour though so this is not a great choice if your dinner companion...

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Last Basket Jelly

10.01 2016 Last Basket Jelly

Every year, we allow the last of the tomatoes and chilies as long as possible to ripen in the Greenhouse but eventually, the time comes to strip the plants and use up the fruit – regardless of colour. Habañero and Tomato Jam Recipe The title refers to this being the last harvest from the greenhouse this year. After these were taken, the plants were pulled up and composted. After two years of bumper crops of Habañero and...

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